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Buffalo Bills News - June 26, 2002

Marker Pat Kirwan: It's the second season when a player must make his mark [5:12 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Jonas Jennings, T, Bills (third round): GM Tom Donahoe has discovered another middle-round gem as Jennings is on the fast track to being one of the league's top linemen. Extra bonus: he'll soon be able to line up at any O-line position.

Marker Where are they now: Nate Odomes [3:15 PM] reports: After picking off 12 passes in his first five years with the Bills, during Buffalo’s fourth Super Bowl season in 1993, Odomes co-led the NFL with a career-high nine interceptions and was named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year.

Marker Bills Make Roster Changes [3:14 PM] reports: The Bills announced today that the team has released TE Scot Osborne and long snapper Chip Mattingly.

Marker Williams: Shanahan Shows The Way [9:42 AM] reports: In the second of three installments, Williams gives his thoughts about a speech by Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan on what it takes to make his team and succeed in the NFL, and what he has learned from sessions dealing with credit theft and finances.

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June 25, 2002

Marker Richard Arnold given award [4:32 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: Richard Arnold, corporate executive chef at Rich Products Corp., was named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation of Greater Buffalo. He was honored for contributions to events like the Festival of Trees and coordinating pumpkin carving at Buffalo Bills home games.

Marker Bushbaum: Bills make underrated signing by inking Johnson [4:29 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Includes a pretty good rip of Eric Moulds. Johnson was cut in February after one season with the Patriots, having made 14 catches for 133 yards and one touchdown — the lowest numbers of his career.

Marker Introducing The New Jills Cheerleading Director… [3:54 PM] reports: Stephanie enters her first year as the Buffalo Jills Cheerleading Director. However, she's no stranger to the Jills exceptional cheerleading program. Ask her a question by writing to

Marker Williams: Keep Your Ears And Mind Open [9:08 AM] reports: Williams, a former standout at the University of Texas and the fourth overall pick of the draft, is sharing his impressions of the symposium with NFL Insider national editor Vic Carucci for

Marker Bills-Dolphins rivalry healthy as ever say fans [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo vs. Miami is more than just a game. It is about differing cultures, varied lifestyles, contrasting weather and personal values.'

June 24, 2002

Marker Offseason Overview: Buffalo Bills [8:24 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Talking playoffs for a team that won just three games last season seems a little absurd. But based on their offseason, the Bills are close to being a playoff-caliber team. With Bledsoe in the fold and players such as wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price and Fletcher, the Bills are certainly a team on the rise. Going from the basement to the playoffs might be too tall an order. However, expecting eight wins is reasonable.'

Marker Growing Up Bledsoe [4:52 PM] reports: '"When it was all said and done," Mac says, "he liked the guy in the mirror."'

Marker Sammy Morris In Attendance On Tuesday For UPS/Buffalo Bills Summer Reading Program [4:36 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills, United Parcel Service, The Library Foundation of Buffalo and Erie County, and the public library system will be hosting a pair of events to kickoff Hit the Books, the UPS/Buffalo Bills Summer Reading Program, in Buffalo and Rochester Tuesday, June 25.

Marker NFL Teams Claim Victory On The Internet [3:12 PM] reports: was picked as the fourth best team site according to a recent study designed by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. The study rated the 121 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL team web sites.

June 23, 2002

Marker Bledsoe no longer takes easy route [9:11 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'But he always was a fairly shrewd one at gauging public opinion. He knew there was more upside to falling on his sword publicly even if he could have made a bigger difference by pointing that sword at the offending parties. But Bledsoe wasn't one for confrontation.'

Marker Familiar faces [6:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former coach Marv Levy and former special teams standout Steve Tasker will be the television announcing team for two Buffalo Bills preseason games in August.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins losing its luster [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'It reinforces the opinion that the Bills should have pursued a "Rustbelt Division" with Pittsburgh and Cleveland rather than insist upon keeping the rivalry with Miami.'

June 22, 2002

Marker Tasker and Levy get the call to work Bills' preseason games [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We have a Hall of Famer (Levy) and a guy (Tasker) who should make the Hall of Fame," said Scott Berchtold, Bills vice president of communications. "The chemistry will be good. And from the football standpoint, the fan will get a heckuva lot there."'

June 21, 2002

Marker Bills agree to terms with Charles Johnson [9:54 PM]
AP reports: 'An eight-year NFL veteran, Johnson had 14 catches for 133 yards and one touchdown in two starts last season, all career lows.'

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With Charles Johnson [5:11 PM] reports: Initially selected by the Steelers in the first round of the 1994 Draft (17th overall) out of Colorado, Johnson went on to play five years for the Steelers. He signed as a free agent with Philadelphia in 1999 and played two seasons for the Eagles before joining the Patriots last May.

Marker Bills Sign Justin Bannan [5:09 PM] reports: The Bills took Bannan in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft out of Colorado with 139th selection overall.

Marker Judge Notes: Ravens Hope to Keep Adams [10:06 AM] reports: Plus, president and general manager Tom Donahoe didn't draft Bryson; he drafted Henry, the leading candidate to start. Stay tuned.

June 19, 2002

Marker Weekly Where Are They Now: Will Wolford [2:43 PM] reports: Chosen with Buffalo’s second pick in the first round of the 1986 draft, as it would turn out, the Vanderbilt star couldn’t have joined the club at a better time. Only six days after signing with the team, a quarterback named Jim Kelly also made his way to Buffalo.

Marker Bills At Frontier Field - Photo Gallery [1:58 PM] reports: Photos of Bills taking batting practice before Tuesday night's Rochester Red Wings games.

Marker Bills Off-Season Camp Report Archive [11:31 AM] reports: The Bills completed their third and final off-season camp on Friday, June 13. The next time the Bills take the field, the 42-year old franchise will be in Rochester, NY, for their third Training Camp at St. John Fisher College, which begins on July 24.

June 18, 2002

Marker Rookies' share is too much of the salary cap [11:02 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills, for example, have 10 draft picks to sign; at the very least that's $160,000 of extra cap space to make up.

Marker The changing face of the Bucs [11:02 PM] reports: "It's very different," said Johnson, the former Bills Quarterback. "We kind of ran the remedial version of the West Coast up in Buffalo. Down here, it's a lot more advanced. Coach Gruden coaches it very well. He's very detailed, and knows where he wants everyone and what to do. He's a very good coach that way and it's nice to be in this type of system."

Marker Jim and Hunter to be Grand Marshalls of 4th of July Parade in Olean [11:01 PM]
TBD reports: The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce came around to my business and asked for donations for a big parade in Olean with Jim and Hunter acting as the Grande Marshalls.

Marker Bills E-Postcard [3:35 PM] reports: Select a Bills E-Postcard and send a message to family & friends. Set of Postcards includes one with Drew Bledsoe and London Fletcher modeling the new uniforms.

Marker World Bowl X Pits Berlin Thunder vs. Rein Fire Saturday On Fox [11:20 AM] reports: Recap of the Bills in the NFLEL. The NFL Europe League will conclude its 10th season on Saturday when the Berlin Thunder face the Rhein Fire in World Bowl X at the Rheinstadion in Düsseldorf, Germany.

June 17, 2002

Marker 5th Down: A New Era of Blue [4:37 PM] reports: In January of 2001, owner Ralph Wilson was looking rebuild his Buffalo Bills. He started at the top by hiring football expert Tom Donahoe to run the team. Donahoe had built the Pittsburgh Steelers into a powerful, playoff-bound team in the 1990s, and Wilson hoped he could do the same for the Bills.

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